Brief info

Dr. Rebecca M. Teasdale is an assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is an evaluation methodologist who examines the valuing process in evaluation: the activities of defining program success, specifying evaluative criteria, and applying criteria to reach evaluative conclusions. Her substantive research focuses on science and technology learning in adulthood in public libraries and other informal contexts, with a particular focus on making and makerspaces.

Dr. Teasdale directs the IMLS-funded Embedding Evaluation in Libraries project and teaches graduate-level courses at UIC in evaluation theory, evaluation methods, and research methods. Dr. Teasdale holds an MA in library and information science from the University of Iowa and a PhD in educational psychology with an emphasis in evaluation methodology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the UIC faculty, she served as a librarian and administrator in urban and suburban public libraries and a professional evaluator focusing on informal and formal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.